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MIC Elections 2009: MIC may ban eleventh-hour campaigning

Contributed by Anonymous on Wednesday, August 05 @ 23:24:31 CDT

2009/08/05, NST
By V. Vasudevan KUALA LUMPUR: The MIC election committee may ban campaigning 24 hours before the party polls in September. Election committee chairman Datuk K. Vijayanathan said the committee will make a decision once it meets with the candidates after the nominations.

"There have been complaints in the past from delegates who said they were pressured by canvassers who knock on their doors in the wee hours," he told a news conference yesterday at the MIC headquarters.

Nomination day has been set for Aug 22 with balloting on Sept 12, the first day of the party's annual general assembly.

The deputy president's position, three vice-president's posts and 23 central working committee spots will be contested.
"Nomination forms will be available free at party headquarters from Aug 10," said Vijayanathan.
The delegates' list will be available to candidates after Aug 22, he said, and each candidate must have a proposer and five seconders from among the 1,500 delegates.

Balloting will start around noon and results are expected at the earliest at 6pm on the same day.

In keeping with the practice introduced at the last party election, handphones will be banned in the hall before and during the voting to keep the voting process transparent and stop talk of dirty tricks.

In the last party election, the then deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam had claimed that delegates were told to take pictures of their marked ballot papers with their handphones to prove they had voted for his rival Datuk G. Palanivel.******'3 millionaires want to become vice-presidents'
2009/08/05 PUTRAJAYA: MIC information chief Datuk M. Saravanan yesterday revealed that three millionaires were among those vying for positions in the party's elections. Saravanan, who is also Federal Territories deputy minister, however, did not name the three but expressed confidence that delegates would make a wise choice.It is understood that the three were contesting the vice-presidency, a post also contested by Saravanan.

He was asked about his chances of being elected after launching a Federal Territory public service work quality convention.

Like other contenders, he said it was normal for him to go to the ground to see the people and described the endorsement by party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu for him to contest the post as a privilege.
Recently, Samy Vellu openly endorsed in*****bent deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel to defend the party's No. 2 post.
He had also endorsed Human Resources Minister and MIC secretary-general Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk S.K. Devamany, besides Saravanan, for the vice-presidency.

Samy Vellu won the post of president, uncontested, for the 11th term at the presidential election in March.



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